France World Cup 2018 squad: Latest player news and injury information

France have options, too many perhaps. Especially up front where the dilemma is who to leave out.

And that’s without Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, who continues to be overlooked by coach Didier Deschamps.

How other national coaches must envy Deschamps, who has a forward department bursting with skill and speed and goals. Fans will be unforgiving if he doesn’t get the most out of the finest collection of attacking talent France have enjoyed in a tournament.

France have outstanding players elsewhere, including Hugo Lloris in goal, Raphael Varane in defence and Paul Pogba in midfield. However, Les Bleus still concede soft goals and coping with the pressure of expectation remains a problem.

Deschamps is six years into the job and has had long enough to find the right balance. Fans will be optimistic he can do so, on the 20th anniversary of France’s only World Cup triumph.

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